Sejħa għall-President ta’ Malta biex jirtira l-istedina lill-Papa biex iżur Malta
His Excellency Dr George Abela, President of Malta
Dear Dr Abela
I would like to ask you to withdraw your invitation to Pope Benedict XVI (Josef Ratzinger) to visit Malta unless he withdraws his statements on gay and transgendered people.
On the 1st October 1986 Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith sent a letter to all Bishops saying that it is understandable that hate-crimes against gays increase if they are awarded more civil rights.
"But the proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase."
This is also echoed in his speech delivered on the 22nd December 2008 where he said that the blurring of gender leads to the auto-destruction of mankind.
"la Chiesa parla della natura dell'essere umano come uomo e donna e chiede che quest'ordine della creazione venga rispettato. Qui si tratta di fatto della fede nel Creatore e dell'ascolto del linguaggio della creazione, il cui disprezzo sarebbe un'autodistruzione dell'uomo e quindi una distruzione dell'opera stessa di Dio"
In his writings he regularly calls gay relationships a intrinsic moral evil and objectively disordered.
As a leader of an organisation representing more than 1 billion people his teachings spread homophobia and transphobia world-wide and justify and inspire innumerable hate-crimes against a minority whose only fault is being different.
I have sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI clarifying that not all Maltese welcome him and invite him to make an apology so that we can also welcome him.
People who remain silent or apologise to such speeches are as guilty as a witness to a crime who fails to come forward.
I am not anti-clerical or anti-Catholic and wish we could live in a country where people not only tollerate different people, but they accept them too as long as they don’t impose .
I hope, Mr President that you will consider these thoughts in any decision you might take.
Dr Inġ. Patrick Attard